The Rock
The Rock (1996)

The sophomore film from former music video and commercial director Michael Bay, this fast-paced action yarn featured rapid-fire editing, a cutting-edge rock soundtrack and liberal use of shots awash in a haze of burnished hues, all… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: June 7, 1996
DVD Release Date: December 2, 1997
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Critic Score: 66% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: For visceral thrills, it can't be beat. Just don't expect The Rock to engage your brain.

Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

There isn't a shot, scene or sequence in The Rock that doesn't move furiously, typically with colored lights flashing into our faces or onto those of the actors.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

Since the plot is ridiculous, The Rock works best when it's most light-hearted.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

The Rock is far from the worst movie that Bay's made, but given its roster of impressive performers and promising opening hour, it might just the ADD-afflicted filmmaker's most disappointing.

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Doug Thomas
Seattle Times

You might need to take Dramamine before entering a Michael Bay movie. The one-time music-video director has an annoying habit of finding the tightest shots, editing the heck out of them and scoring the works to loud music.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

If it's not the most awful thing I've ever seen, it's close enough to make me wince.

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Chris Kridler
Baltimore Sun

Connery and Cage are a compelling team and redeem the film from ruin despite the mechanical plot, an excessive body count and a miraculous recovery (you'll know it when you see it).

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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune

For action-adventure fans, it just doesn't get any better than The Rock.

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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer

The borrowings from other movies, going all the way back to the car chase in 1968's Bullitt, are heavy. But Bay has three leads to lend weight and dimension to characters who are hardly original and flatly written.

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Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News

The movie's best asset is the old-fashioned, buddy-movie interplay between Cage and Connery - Cage as the frantic, white-collar lab technician who doesn't like guns, Connery as the weathered, resourceful old pro.

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
A thrilling and explosive film led by a trio of fantastic actors (especially Cage) and surprisingly well directed for a Michael Bay movie, and it also impresses… More
KJ Proulx
Michael Bay is in top form, as he directs a clever blend of storytelling and action and finally finds a great balance between the two. "The Rock" is a… More
Graham Jones
The pace is too fast to stop and think about the ridiculousness of this film and this summer blockbuster extraordinaire pulls you in.
Conner Rainwater
Michael Bay's follow up to Bad Boys is a lot different, but extremely fun and delivers incredibly well on action. It's actually extremely well-written… More
Christopher Heim
Michael Bay's second feature film and his best. The film demonstrates everything that was exhilarating about 90's action flicks. The film is full of… More
Manu Gino
Get ready to rock! Saw it again! Great action film and ton's of great scenes! The movie really is thrilling and entertaining, of course it's a… More